Andretti becomes US GP Ambassador
9 June 2012 – Circuit of The Americas have announced Mario Andretti as an official Circuit ambassador. The 1978 World Champion will help promote awareness for Formula 1, as America prepares to hold its first Grand Prix since 2007.
Circuit Executive Vice President Bruce Knox was delighted to introduce Andretti as an official ambassador, after his visit to the track in Austin, Texas on June 7th.
“Mr. Andretti is a racing icon and is globally recognized as one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports,” said Knox. “Circuit of The Americas will benefit from Mr. Andretti’s valuable input and representation.”
The track surface is still under development at Turns 1-9 and Turns 18-20. Work has also begun on the pit building, main grandstand, as well as a state of the art media and medical centre.
“Circuit of The Americas has a strong team behind it that is working day in and day out to prepare for the first race,” explained Andretti. “They have made significant progress in a short amount of time. The track design has really come together, and it’s clear that this will be a phenomenal venue for a variety of premium motorsports.”
The country last hosted a Grand Prix at Indianapolis but will use the brand new purpose-built facility in Texas for the penultimate race of the season in November.